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Former North Vernon, Ind., detective accused of theft from evidence room

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NORTH VERNON, Ind. (WDRB) – A former police officer from North Vernon, Ind., is accused of stealing evidence while on the force. 

Brandy Blevins, 43, was arrested for alleged official misconduct while she was a North Vernon Police officer. 

According to Indiana State Police, Blevins resigned from the North Vernon Police Department in February, just as detectives from state police began their investigation.

“At that time, the Chief told our investigators that during a routine check of the evidence room, they realized there were some discrepancies,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

During a routine check of the evidence room at North Vernon Police, it was discovered that 26 pain pills were missing from a bag. That’s when Chief James Webster called ISP.

Blevins is charged with one count each of official misconduct and forgery, both felonies. She is also charged with one count of misdemeanor theft. Blevins was taken into custody Monday afternoon without incident. 

In total, ISP says 36 different pieces of evidence were either tampered with or stolen.

But this was not the first time Blevins has been in trouble with the department.

“During and internal investigation by the North Vernon Police Department, Ms. Blevins produced false documents from Schneck Medical Center where she was treated and gave those to the chief,” Sgt. Wheeles said.

Court documents show that Blevins tested positive for morphine during a routine drug test. Investigators believe Blevins then lied to the chief about it and forged records stating that she was prescribed the drug.

According to a disciplinary action file from North Vernon Police, Blevins was suspended for 30 days and then demoted from detective to patrol officer.

She was lodged at the Jennings County jail on a $10,000 bond.

North Vernon Police Chief James Webster released the following statement :

"The North Vernon Police Department is a professional agency and internal controls revealed a problem that other employees immediately recognized as wrongdoing and reported concerns to their supervisors. I am grateful to the employees that took action the moment they recognized potential misconduct. I am also thankful to the Indiana State Police for the time and effort that was placed on this investigation. The records, details, and types of evidence in this case are extremely complicated and without such a dedicated team these crimes may have gone unprosecuted."

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